Park district to hold Ridge meeting tonight

Public can offer ideas, comments that will be included in new land use plan

After a widely-attended public scoping meeting on the future of the Pleasanton Ridge where cyclists expressed their frustrations, the East Bay Regional Park District is moving forward on future planning with a land use plan meeting tonight at Amador Valley High School.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the high school, 1155 Santa Rita Road. If it's anything like the scoping meeting, held in March and attended by 150 people, it could be a full house.

Many who came to the March meeting were from the mountain biking community, cyclists who say they've been frustrated with the way the park district is treating them as opposed to equestrians and hikers.

Days before that meeting, held at the Veterans Memorial Building downtown, the park district laid hay and set up metal gates on single-track trails on the ridge, angering mountain bikers who prefer the narrow trails over the wider, bulldozed paths for their challenge and opportunity to ride separate from other trail users. Parks officials said they purposely blocked the narrow trails in an effort to nudge mountain bikers into using the wider trails.

Officials have said that the single-track trails are damaging to the environment and can cause erosion. But mountain bikers expressed their discontent at the public meeting, saying the narrow trails should be open for use as well as included in any revised trails map the district produces.

They'll have a chance, as will anyone who attends, to voice their input on how the park can be improved as well as sharing what is liked about the recreation area at Monday's meeting, where a longer-term vision for the ridge will be set in writing.

For more information about the meeting, or for those who cannot attend but wish to comment, email Julie Bondurant, senior park planner for EB Parks, at Parking will be available in the faculty lot off of Del Valle Parkway.


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Posted by Mountain Biker Chix
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

When will we know the outcome of this meeting? Give us our "legal" singletrack back, it's EXTREMELY dangerous for hikers, bikers, pets off leash as well as those families w/children blocking the trail entirely oblivious to bikers "having to" share the trail. When the gates first went up and bikers and hikers were forced to share the same trails it became mayhem, it was fine on the climb however, downhill (EVEN WHEN RIDING AT A SLOW SPEED) became increasingly dangerous UNTIL eventually the bikers decided to ignore most of the signs/gates, synergy between bikers/hikers seems to be almost back to normal. I'm hoping for a solution SOON!

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Posted by J
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Did you attend the meeting Mountain Biker Chix??

If the past is any indicator, the horse owners attend the park meetings and cut the legs out from under any of the plans to allow cyclists onto the trails. Because they are present in greater numbers then cyclists, and vocal, it is difficult to ignore them. The way to see your trails back open is to attend and encourage your friends to join you. Make your requests LOUD and frequent

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